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Author: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Cathy Morrison
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1628552065 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1628552069 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1628552157 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1628552158 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://www.MarianneBerkes.com (author), http://www.cathymorrison.blogspot.com (illustrator), http://www.SylvanDellPublishing.com or http://www.ArbordalePublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Berkes, Marianne. Daisylocks (published in 2014 by Arbordale Publishing formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing, 612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464). Do you remember Goldilocks and the three bears, and how Goldilocks never seemed satisfied with the bowls porridge, the rocking chairs, and the beds? Daisylocks is a daisy seed who isn’t satisfied with where she’s being planted, so she asks the Wind to help her find the perfect habitat to spread her roots. So Wind blows her to the hot, dry desert; the cold, frozen tundra, where there are three polar bears; the top of a mountain; the Everglades wetland; the humid tropical rainforest; and the sandy beach. However, these landscapes are just too hot, too cold, too hard, too soft, too crowded, or too sandy. Where will Daisylocks wind up? Will she ever find the perfect climate and soil to place her roots and grow into a beautiful flower?
Author Marianne Berkes and illustrator Cathy Morrison combine to pack a lot of fascinating and eye-catching material about nature for youngsters in Daisylocks. Not only are there descriptions of the different kinds of Earth habitats with colorful pictures of the kinds of plants and animals which inhabit each of them, but there is also a discussion of the difference between perennials and annuals. Do you know which kind a daisy is? The “For Creative Minds” pages in the back include additional information on plants, including their basic needs and their parts, and a couple of matching exercises about habitats and plants. And there are even more teaching activities available at the publisher’s website. Remembering Goldilocks and the three bears, children will be eager to find the other scene in the book, besides the cover, that shows three bears.